Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota is awarding Beat the Odds Scholarships to four local high school seniors.
The students will receive their awards at the 22nd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration on Saturday, March 8, 2014, 6 p.m., at the The McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. A reception and silent auction will be followed by the dinner and awards presentation at 8 p.m.
The awardees include: Tamera Jane Larkin, Southwest High School in Minneapolis; Yee Leng Thao, Washington Technology Magnet High School in St. Paul; Ramiro Sanchez Maldonado, Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis; and Devonte DeShawn Miller, Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul.
CDF-MN’s Beat the Odds awards program recognizes extraordinary young people who have overcome tremendous adversity in life to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their communities, and aspire to attend college.
Each year, through a competitive review process, four of the most deserving Twin Cities-area high school students are selected for a CDF-MN Beat the Odds scholarship of $4,000 each. In addition, 10 runners-up are awarded $500 scholarships. The students are honored for their academic achievements and perseverance in the face of tremendous and often overwhelming obstacles.
Since 1993, CDF-MN has awarded more than 300 scholarships to outstanding youth in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Many recipients have gone on to pursue advanced degrees and positions of leadership in their communities.
The mission of the CDF-MN is to leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF-MN accomplishes this mission by promoting policies and programs that improve the lives of children and their families.
The focus is on improving opportunities for all children to access health care, obtain quality education, achieve economic stability, have quality childcare and early childhood experiences and grow up in safe communities. An underlying principle is that early investments in youth improve outcomes, especially for those who face obstacles such as race, poverty, and disability.
The Beat the Odds Celebration helps raise awareness about the challenges facing Minnesota children and the need for continued investments. The stories of these scholarship winners help inform CDF-MN’s efforts to shape policies and change the odds for all Minnesota children. www.cdf-mn.org